Alcatrazz

Genre heavy metal, hard rock, 80s, rock, metal

Alcatrazz was a heavy metal band formed in 1983 in Los Angeles by Graham Bonnet.

The band's initial line-up consited of Graham Bonnet (vocals - ex-Rainbow / Michael Schenker Group), Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar - ex-Steeler), Gary Shea (bass - ex-New England), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards - also ex-New England) and Jan Uvena (drums - ex-Alice Cooper / Pointer Sisters).

After recording the first two albums musical differences surfaced, and Yngwie Malmsteen quit in 1985. Against the wishes of the band's management, he was replaced by Steve Vai who also left after recording the album Disturbing The Peace. The band brought in Danny Johnson to replace him, and recorded the album Dangerous Games before finally breaking up in 1987.

Graham Bonnett described their sound as "The thinking man's heavy metal".

Bonnet also appeared on Impelleteri's 1987 "Stand In Line" album.

Their most famous song is God Blessed Video, a somewhat comic song which makes fun of MTV. It can be heard on the fictional radio station V-Rock in the game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.


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Alcatrazz was a heavy metal band formed in 1983 in Los Angeles by Graham Bonnet.

The band's initial line-up consited of Graham Bonnet (vocals - ex-Rainbow / Michael Schenker Group), Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar - ex-Steeler), Gary Shea (bass - ex-New England), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards - also ex-New England) and Jan Uvena (drums - ex-Alice Cooper / Pointer Sisters).

After recording the first two albums musical differences surfaced, and Yngwie Malmsteen quit in 1985. Against the wishes of the band's management, he was replaced by Steve Vai who also left after recording the album Disturbing The Peace. The band brought in Danny Johnson to replace him, and recorded the album Dangerous Games before finally breaking up in 1987.

Graham Bonnett described their sound as "The thinking man's heavy metal".

Bonnet also appeared on Impelleteri's 1987 "Stand In Line" album.

Their most famous song is God Blessed Video, a somewhat comic song which makes fun of MTV. It can be heard on the fictional radio station V-Rock in the game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.


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Top Tracks

God Blessed Video 1

God Blessed Video

Island In the Sun 2

Island In the Sun

Hiroshima mon amour 3

Hiroshima mon amour

Jet to Jet 4

Jet to Jet

Suffer Me 5

Suffer Me

General Hospital 6

General Hospital

Too Young to Die, Too Drunk to Live 7

Too Young to Die, Too Drunk to Live

Kree Nakoorie 8

Kree Nakoorie

Incubus 9

Incubus

Starcarr Lane 10

Starcarr Lane

Top Albums

No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll
No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll
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Disturbing The Peace
Disturbing The Peace
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Live in Tokyo
Live in Tokyo
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